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that. that is the list that you don't want to be on. thanks so much for being with us this first week. we done good together. thank you for being with us. here now is "the situation room" and wolf blitzer. >> happening now, an exodus from the haitian capital. hundreds of thousands of people reportedly are on the move. right now we're tracking the earthquake victims and their ongoing search for help. plus the tie is gone, the fight is on. president obama tries to convince people he's one of them. and the fed chairman could end up like many other americans, without a job. why some senators are turning against ben bernanke and going against the president's wishes. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." the aftershocks keep coming, the kind that shake the ground and the kind that tear at people's hearts. we're staying on top of all the
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angles of this disaster. today an elderly woman was rescued after ten days in the rubble, just as hopes of finding more survivors were fading. officials say hundreds of thousands are fleeing port-au-prince the capital, hoping to find cleaner, safer shelter outside of the ravaged city. let's turn to our chief international correspondent chris yawn amanpour. she's joining us with more. it looks like a massive exodus from port-au-prince is unfolding right now. what's really happening? >> reporter: well, look, it's hard to tell. we from this vantage point have been really seen that. what we have seen is more of the tent cities and at any time dwellings springing up, but what we do know is over the last 24 hours or so, the government and other authorities have been saying that they want to move some 400 to 500,000 people who are homeless out of the capital and to move them elsewhere. today, when i came through the city, i certainly saw people who
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were lined up for a long, long way, many, many blocks outside the still functioning, but barely functioning immigration and emigration office, in other words, to renew their passports or get new passports, because many had lost them and people wanted to leave. so that is under way. still, although so many supplies are coming into the airport, the connection between supply and demand is still not quite firm enough. that means that not many people, or not enough people are getting the food, water, sanitation, medical equipment and supplies and treatment they need, wolf. >> have you seen more evidence of violence or looting? earlier in the week we saw that. i don't know if it's still happening. >> reporter: well, here's the thing, wolf. it has happened a little earlier in the week. despite sort of the pictures and stories, it really wall small scale, localized. it was just in a few instances, and in fact by the end of the
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week, the u.n. had pronounced port-au-prince mostly stable and calm. what we did see today, not a little -- a little bit away from where we are right now was a bit of vigilante justice, whereby a man we saw dead in the street, he had been stoned to death. the people around him, the crowds just right here, had said that they believed he was one of those who had escaped from the prison the first day of the earthquake which collapsed so many buildings and that he had stolen something. so that's what they were saying. anyway, justice was taken into their own hands and he was lying dead on the street. but these are, as far as we can tell and as far as we can get reports from even outside port-au-prince, these are very isolated incidents. >> the government of haiti, is it really in charge over there? or is it basically they've delegated all sorts of responsibilities to the u.n. or u.s. or others? >> reporter: you know, it's a bit of both. the fact of the matter is the government on the very first day of the earthquake said we need
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help, we cannot cope on our own. as has been reported over the last nine days since the earthquake or more, that just about all the major ministries were either damaged or flattened. ministers have had to sort of reconvene, as you know, the president rene preval operates out of a building near the airport, so it's a very difficult way to function right now. slowly, slowly they're getting back, but the truth is, as you say, the bulk of the emergency relief operation is being done mostly by the united states, by the u.n., by the other foreign and international forces who have been coming here, but everybody is careful to say that it's done in coordination and at the behest of the haitian government. >> christiane, thanks very much. this important programming note. christiane's program will be lived from port-au-prince this sunday, 2:00 p.m. eastern. american donations to earthquake
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relieved now have topped $355 million, our brian todd has been tracking the flow of aid and the rescue efforts. he found himself at the center of an attempt to save a dying boy's life. >> reporter: those who run critical aid through this airport stung by complaints that supplies aren't touching down when they should, not getting off the tarmac fast enough now say they have streamlined the operation. >> the aid is flowing in, not only from the united states government and the united states military, but all around the world. >> reporter: officials say up to 160 flights a day are coming through, compared with about 25 just after the earthquake, but this is also where victims are brought when they need to get out. >> get him back to the states or we're going to lose him. >> reporter: as we're finishing up a live report, an american man rushes up, says he has a boy who has to be medevaced immediately. he says he's a businessman working independently with aid groups. when we checked this out we
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photo8-yard ruiz cradled in the arms of a managesary, an iv drip attached, barely hanging on. >> he's suffering from a severe brain trauma. we just brought him from hope hospital in downtown where the doctor said if we cannot get him me i vacced to a u.s. hospital or another hospital that can operate on him that he was going to die. >> reporter: charles beale says he's looking for anyone to tell him how to get him on a medevac flight. i offered to take him to the u.s. military's command center, which is right next to a field hospital. as my photographer and i are hustling down there with him, we spot cnn's medical correspondent sanjay gupta. he's a neurosurgeon. we asked him to take a look. >> there's a cat scanner. >> reporter: we all pile in the suv and head for the field
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hospital. he's giving some medication inside and quickly stabilized. minutes later he's brought out, taken to a chopper and airlifted to the u.s. navy ship "comfort." beale told me later how he was able to get him on the tarmac. >> i talked to a couple police officers downtown in riding in front of us. then i hired a car. we placed the boy in a private vehicle. the two police officers led us all the way through. >> reporter: he says he talked his way through three checkpoints at the airport. i then spoke to one of the doctors who treated the boy. what would have happened if head been held up outside the airport, if somebody hadn't let this guy in? >> who knows? he was critical. he was sick. he was very critical when he got here. >> reporter: we're later told he was in stable condition aboard the "comfort." one commander said officials at the checkpoints look at who's coming there through and if they
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can see patients look this need critical care, they'll let them through. brian todd, cnn, port-au-prince. >> anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta are part of a major event tonight called hope for haiti tonight. it's featuring many entertainers. you can see it right here on cnn in just a few hours from now, 8:00 p.m. eastern. the joint terrorism analysis center has raised the threat level of terrorism to the uk from substantial to severe. this means a terrorist attack is highly likely. i have to emphasize the fact it doesn't mean an attack is imminent. >> you heard it. the british government now raising its terror threat level from substantial to severe. severe is the second highest
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level of alert in britain. let's go to or security correspondent paula newton in london. it sounds pretty ominous. what's going on, paula? >> reporter: a few things here, wolf. apparently the tipping point, one security source tells us is threat levels, the alert coming occupy india, specifically that was an aviation alert, but it involved mill tans connected to al qaeda, trying to carry out attacks both in india and perhaps in other areas and south asia, again, though, wolf, this was the tipping point, as the organizations look at all the different intelligence, it's been a busy few weeks. i think with that afghanistan conference coming up late next week here in the country, the fact that the taliban says it's specifically targeting that conference, they decided to take no chances. what's interesting here is we have at certain times for years been under a severe threat level. it was just last year they decided to lower that threat level. and i can tell you, wolf, one
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thing that makes them jittery are the mumbai-style attack that we saw at the end of 2008. you know, many people were more vigilant in airports right now. certainly we've seen lots of examples to why they need to be, but the other attacks, when you're talking about shopping malls, hotels, railway stations, they want people to be on extra alert. >> we'll have much more coming up later on "the situation room." paula, thanks very much for that update. we're staying on top of what's happening in haiti right now. we're going to go back to port-au-prince. ivan watson is seeing some incredible things today. stay with us. is he in? he's in copenhagen. oh, well, that's nice. but you can still see him! you just said he was in... copenhagen. come on! that's pretty far. doc, look who's in town. ellen! copenhagen? cool, right? vacation. but still seeing patients. oh. [ whispering ] workaholic. i heard that. she said it. i... [ female announcer ] the new office. see it. live it. share it.
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insurance for auto, home, and business. jack cafferty is here with "the cafferty file." >> as president obama marks his first anniversary in the white house and the state of the union approaches next week, he is getting blasted from all corners. "new york times" columnist paul krugman writes that doubts he had of the position have been realized, including he may not be ready to fight for what his supporters wants. in a piece he entitled "he wasn't the one we had been waiting for" he describes the president talking about health care, say lawmakers should, quote, try to move quickly to coalesce around elements of the bill that people agree on. krugman mocks that message saying it's like the president is telling lawmakers to run away. when press secretary robert gibbs was asked about the
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critique, you know what he did, he ducked the question. meanwhile, from the right, pat buchanan is requesting in a column that white voters are one group that might be of particular concern to president obama. his column is called "has obama lost white america?" buchanan explains how the racial breakdown of the vote in recent elections, massachusetts, new jersey and virginia could spell trouble for the president. in 2008, barack obama took a larger share of the white vote, 44% than either john kerry or al gore had done before him, but since then, republicans have won these three major races because there were more white voters, and republicans swept that vote in what they're calling reagan-like landslides. so here's the question -- how have your views of president obama changed during his first year in office? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile, post a comment on my blog. wolf.
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>> jack, thank you. president obama meanwhile, is promises americans in the heartland today that he'll never stop fighting to give them jobs. he took his new more populist pitch to ohio. our senior white house correspondent ed henry filed this report. he's traveling with the president. >> reporter: wolf, the president had a town hall meeting here, and what was interesting is this was his most extensive public comments yet on the mismountains special election debacle for democrats. the president sort of making fun of it at certain points, mocking pundits and getting laughter, the president saying, look, i'm going to take some lumps. he was very blunt about that, but also said and had this refrain of i'll keep fighting for you, no matter what, saying he will not give up fighting for the health care reform bill, and the crowd here seemed to respond to that. take a listen. >> so long as i have some
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breatheth breath in me, so long as i have the privilege of serving as president, i will not stop fighting for you. i will take my lumps, but i won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here. i won't stop fighting for an economy where hard work is rewarded. i won't stop fighting to make sure there's accountability in our financial system. i'm not going to stop fighting until we have jobs for everybody. >> reporter: but here in ohio, the job situation is very bleak. new constituents just out this morning greeting the president upon his arrival here in the buckeye state that basically unxwloiismt has gotten worse, going from 10.6% to 10.9%, worse than the national average. that's why john boehner hails from this state, was charging today that the president's stimulus plan has not worked. the president insisted to this crowd, though, that without the
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stimulus we could have been in a second great depression. the president also laying out a second jobs plan. we decided to ask some of the people who were in the crowd here what they thought about this charge from republicans, that maybe the president spent too much time on health care, not enough time on jobs. we tracked down one person who at one point asked the president if they could shake hands. it turned out they did did you get to do it? >> i did. i really wanted to meet him. >> reporter: he's facing some criticism. >> for me, i believe -- i don't think he is focusing too much on health care. it's something that's essential right now, something we need. >> reporter: some of the president's advisers say we'll hear a lot more about this second jobs bill when the president addresses the nation in his first state of the union this coming wednesday night. he already had talked previously about how he wanted more infrastructure spending, make small business tax cuts, but now there's a whole new dynamic on capitol hill.
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he's going to have to get some republican votes. he may have to sweeten it. a lot of this still remains to be seen, wolf. >> ed henry on the scene for us in ohio. we're going back to port-au-prince in just a little while. ( inspiring music playing ) someday, the driver will get to choose how efficient or powerful their car will be.
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lisa sylvester is monitoring some other top stories in "the situation room." what's going on? >> hi there, wolf. in rain-socked california, evacuation orders were lifted for many. a week of rain is finally expected to ease. hundreds had to leave homes because of the mudslide threat. we want to show you this dramatic video. it's of a dog being rescued from a flooded los angeles river. a firefighter was drop by helicopter. after a short struggle, and he did get some bites. he managed to put on a harness and hoist him to safety. american airlines is furloughs up to 170 pilots, because it has too many after reducing its flight schedule. in late february, the carrier will put 80 of its almost 8,000 pilots on leave. in the murder trial of scott roeder has begun in a kansas
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courtroom. he's the man charged with the shooting death of an abortion provider, dr. george tiller. roeder has admitted killing tiller, arguing it was justified to save unborn children. one small tweet for astronauts, and one giant leap for the internet. astronauts on the international space station finally have a live connection to the web, and they've already begun tweeting live from space. before tweets had to be relayed through mission control, but now, thanks to a software upgrade, space station residence can tweet, surf the web using a system that uses a laptop to control a desktop computer on earth. i know you are quite a popular guy, aren't you, wolf? >> i like to tweet. i'm going to start tweeting to the people up there. that will be pretty cool. >> i think that's exciting, and it's live, that's the big thing. it's in real time. >> i've been doing it now for a few months. it's a lot of fun. sanjay gupta, or chief medical correspondent is on the ground in port-au-prince.
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we'll be talking to him when we come back.
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bringing you up to date in the haiti quake disaster, incredibly an elderly woman was found alive after ten days in the rubble. doctors say she's in critical condition. despite the rescue, some teams are scaling back the search to focus on expanding aid efforts.
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hundreds of thousands of haitians are fleeing port's prince in the hoping of finding better shelter. for those who today say, engineers have travelled leveling land on the fringes of the city to built tent cities eventually to house at least 400,000. many people are assessing how much has improved versus how much desperately needs improving. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is sizing up the situation. >> sanjay, have things gotten bett better. >> they have certainly gotten better, no question about that, but remember where we started. first of all, where haiti was even the day before the earthquake. we talked about this a lot, but obviously a country that's very improve ribbed. as a result, you have that affecting everything. a few hospitals but over --
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right at the time of the earthquake, a lot of people figuring out how to react. obviously a lot of people died during the earthquake, a lot of people lived, but there were a lot of people sort of caught in between. they were alive, but just dramatically injured. that's where the medical focus has been for the last couple weeks. at first there were just stories of hardly any resources at all, forget about antibiotics and pain medication, simply couldn't get ivs, water or basic supplies to people. that has started to improve. there's 300 water and food station around the city. mres, meals ready to eat, have been dropped off, so that has improved. but there's still this frustrating, nagging issue of getting some of these basic medical supplies, antibiotics, which can prevent life-threatening infections, pain medication, and instruments
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performing these operations. it's better, but nowhere near where it should be, wolf, certainly not this far out. >> i take it the country could use a whole lot more doctors, nurses, medical supplies and sophisticated equipment, which we sort of take for granted here in the united states, but which would be essential in keeping people who survived, but are badly injured, alive. >> it's interesting. every natural disaster sort of has its own personality. you don't know exactly what you'll get, but the tsunami, for example, there were people who died, but the people who lived for the most part weren't injured. they needed food or water, but didn't need a lot of the medical supplies we're talking about. as far as personnel goes, actually boots on the ground, that has improved probably the most significantly when it comes to medical care. there's a lot of doctors and nurses showing up from all over the world, people flying into the dominican republic, coming across the border. some airplanes have been able to
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land at the airport. but the other issue, the supplies, the instruments, the medications that we are talking about, that is still not up to snuff. i will say, you know, that i visited the airport, i've seen some of these places where they have stockpiles of these particular supplies, and it's particularly irksome, because so many of those supplies are here in country, here in city even, but getting them distributed from the airport to these critically devastated locations has been a real challenge. it's unclear to exactly why that is, but supplies in the city getting them distributed now, that really is going to be the goal over the next week and several more days after that. >> our correspondents are busy, getting out beyond the haitian capital, trying to get a better sense of the damage on the day the quake hit. ivan watson filed this report from what's now being called little paradise. >> reporter: we're reporting to you from the improve ribbed
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fishing village that means "little paradise." a stunningly beautiful place. the people here have been hit hard by this earthquake. and in a new ways, they have been describing what appears to have been on the evening of the 12th, something like a tidal wave, a tsunami-like wave that claimed the lives of at least four people here. if you look over my shoulder here, this is a lone tree and some bushes. eight bit more than a week and a half ago, the beach extended out to until as they fishermen have described to me, on the day of the earthquake, the water receded, then a huge wave swept in. [ speaking foreign language ] . >> reporter: and steve says the
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water receded and there was a rumbling sound, like a helicopter, and then a huge wave swept over, and he earl remember told me that it swept away his father and two of his infant nephews age 2 and 4. another fisherman says his sister was doing laundry by the sea and she was swept out. to add to the tragedy here, none of them were able to hold funerals, because they have yet to recover their bodies of their loved ones. ivan watson, cnn in petite paradis in haiti. anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta are part of a a major event tonight called "hope for haiti now." george clooney and wyclef john are hosting this telethon. you can see it just a few hours from now, 8:00 p.m. eastern. stick around, i think you're
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going to want to see this. there's trouble for the president of the united states and his nominee to continue serving at the federal reserve. we'll update you on that and more, when we come back. the return of the fishing boats. their safe arrival is highly anticipated. as is something else. a shipment of natural sea salt from cargill, essential for preserving the catch. we deliver the salt on precise schedules and ship it efficiently all along the alaskan coast. saving the fishermen money and their catch. this is how cargill works with customers. we americans are always at our best when we hear and heed the cries of others. when confronted with massive human suffering, americans have always stepped up and answered the call to help. but there's never been anything on the scale of human tragedy in our own hemisphere like what we're now witnessing in haiti. today president clinton and i are joining together to appeal to you with real urgency. give now, and lives will be saved.
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he may be the leader of a free world, but sounding more and more like a man of the people. he was sounding sort of populist as he vows to help everyday americans. let's go to jess ska yellin.
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she's taking a closer look. what are you seeing? >> wolf, president obama is picking a big fight with the big banks. it has plenty of democrats asking, really? what took him so loening? for months, members of congress have been hearing from constituents angry about this, big banks giving their executives big salaries when taxpayers saved their hide. so now president obama says he wants congress to break up some of the banks, separating your deposits from their risky gambles. listen. >> never again will the american taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that's too big to fail. >> well, guess what? members of congress have been focused on that very issue for months. >> we will end for all time, i hope, too big to fail. >> we must consider radical reforms aimed at improving accountability. >> reporter: they haven't just been talking. we point out when congress does nothing. this is one of the times that congress has been on the case. last year, the house and the
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senate held 132 hearings related to financial reform and regulation, and they wrote 2,845 pages of legislation. they've acted. they haven't just talked. the house has passed a bill on financial reform legislation in consultation with the administration but all last year the white house was not -- and a compromise bill which also does not include the measure. now this bill is stuck in senate committee. they could have used the big pr push last year when health care was sucking so much oxygen out of the room. the questions democrats are asking now is why didn't the president make wall street reform his top public priority when the public was primed for it during the back lash to the aig bonus scandal. remember this outrage? >> they pay now $165 million in bonuses to the idiots who sachk
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the company. >> i would be for an exemplary hanging or two. >> the people running it have run it into the ground. >> now, wolf, we're back to this, with republicans emboldened and voters wary about government action, there's concern about the money, but also concern among democrats that the public support from the president is coming too late. >> has the white house been working with congress? >> yeah, that's the irony. the treasury sent hundreds of pages of suggested legislation to the hill last year, so it makes the big pr push now even more curious. why wasn't this a communications pr priority before? also, there's no detailed information on the proposal the president put out yesterday. it was just an announcement. they say they'll work through the specifics with congress. wolf? >> jessica, on that story, jessica yellin. we're going to take a quick break. when we come back, we'll look at ben bernanke, the federal reserve chairman. is he?
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trouble? is his confirmation on the rocks right snow?
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what if one of the most powerful and influential men in the world soon loses his job in there it is, "time" magazine, the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke, "time" magazine's person of the year. that was late last year, but this year he could be swept up in a wave of populist revolt. what if the very job that earned hinman of the year also makes him outcast of the hour? president bush first appointed him, our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is working the story. i've spoken to a lot of
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democratic senators, what are they saying? >> reporter: harry reid moments ago put out a statement saying he will vote for the nomination -- to approve the nomination of ben bernanke. the fact that's even news that he was uncommitted until just now gives him a sense of how uncertain ben bernanke's future is to have that second term to have it at the fed. a number of senate democrats have told us they aren't sure. they are hearing frustration from back home about mismanagement on wall street, about the fact that taxpayers had to bail out wall street, and of course those bonuses. they say that bernanke has some blame there. he should take some blame there, and two leading democrats, liberal democrats, senator russ feingold and senator barbara boxer are both up for reeex i eye legislation and said they will roe against bernanke's confirmation. here is what she said.
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i spoke with the democratic vote counter dick durbin, the senate majority whip, earlier today, and he said they are so uncertain because of opposition like i just said and because of people leaning against voting for mr. bernanke, they are really relying on republican support to get the 60 votes they will need to break a filibuster and reconfirm him. >> how likely are the republicans to vote to confirm? >> it's unclear. he was, of course, first appointed by a republican president, president bush, and there were four republicans who voted for him in committee, but i spoke with the republican leadership, and he said they are not doing a head count, so it's not certain how they will vote. privately they are reveling in the fact this is a political problem for president obama. they say this is now his nominee and he should be able to shore
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up his support to get this passed. it seems as though this is part of the fallout from massachusetts. max back us, he even admitted to me today there is a lot of angst after tuesday's results, and that is feeding into the problems that ben bernanke is having, but those who support ben bernanke here, they say they're very concerned that if he goes down, wall street will simply melt down if that happens. >> all right. dana, thank you. in ohio today, the president rattled off some of the negative things about living and working in washington. he was tireless and fired up about bread and butter issues like jobs. >> hello, everybody. so long as i have some breath in me, so long as i have the privilege of serving as your president, i will not stop fighting for you. >> the question for our analysts today, what if his attempts to be populous sticks?
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>> i've been fighting for you my whole adult life, and i will keep standing for you and working for you every single day. >> i'm out here in the trenches working and fighting for you. >> all right. joining us, our political analyst gloria borger and david gergen. is this trend likely to continue? >> it sure seems like it, wolf vgs this is much to be se ed for a president to be on the side of the president. president radios very well during the new deal couldn't get the economy back up and running, but people felt he was on their side and they supported him through that period. but there's also dangers here. first of all, it sounds contrived. two days ago after massachusetts, three days after massachusetts, to be out there with this kind of rhetoric, it doesn't seem to fit him. he needs to be authentically
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himself. secondly there are all sorts of questions about policy itself. if the democratic answer to the massachusetts election is to fire ben bernanke, they're nuts. they could easily bring on a tailspin on wall street, they could bring this economy, which is already fragile down, they have to think about this very carefully, about what the substance of what they're doing. it's not -- it's the rhetoric. the rhetoric may lead them into some bad places if they're not careful. >> i know you've been speaking to a lot of people in town, gloria, and i guess you're getting mixed responsible? >> i am. it's easy to blame wall street, but one thing bill clinton used to always say is just because the voters are angry doesn't mean they want their leaders to be angry. i think that could be a problem for president obama. i spoke with one top democrat very close to this president, who has actually spoken to this president, and he said, you can
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look februarileckless if you'reg fingers. i agree with david. he has to strike a fine balance. fine to come up with solutions, but don't start pointing people, because the people could turn around and say, you know, you have a part of this, too. >> it's not at all clear if you start villainizing many industries, and the president engaged in some of this yesterday, if you make people in corporate america the bad guys, how do you think they'll work with you on economy recovery? don't they have to be partners? >> listen to this. november 1994, right after the democrats lost the majority in the how and senate, a huge setback for president clinton, you were working for him at the time. listen to this. >> i ask them to join me in the center of the public debate
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where the best ideas for the next generation of american progress must come. >> you remember that sort of pivot by the then president? >> by the way, it worked. there was an argument with that administration whether he needed to go further left. he decided to come back more to the center. there were some aspects that i think people found unattractive, but by and large it worked and he got welfare reform done. he couldn't have gotten it down without republican help. he also helped to balance a budget, and left is surplus. first president and last president to leave a surplus. i'm biassed, but i think it's much to be said. >> but it worked eventually. it happened earlier on.
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you have a republican party that field empowered. they don't feel its are it's in their self-interest to work with the president. you had republicans working with the president because they had overreached and the public was starting to turn against them and newt gingrich had overreached, so then they decided, well -- >> i think they're all taking lessons from bill clinton in that pivot back in '93-'94. we'll continue this conversation, guys. thank very much, gloria and david. we're going to go back to haiti in just a moment to get the latest developments on what is going on. [ male announcer ] introducing the all-new lexus gx. it has the agility and the power to take on any mission, and the space to accommodate precious cargo, because every great action hero needs a vehicle.
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>> check back with lisa sylvester who is monitoring the top stories in "the situation room" right now. lisa. >> hi, wolf, oil prices fell below $75 a barrel and in trading today after government figures showed that the u.s. is using less energy. also the asian and european stock markets fell after president obama proposed tougher regulations. it is down more than 430 points for week. auto dealers are fighting back. and 900 chrysler and gm motor dealers that got the ax plan to appeal their shutdown. the american arbitration association says almost 3,000 dealerships were scrapped. they have until monday to file
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for an independent arbitration of their case. and it may help you the communicate, but according to a british study, executives constantly using their blackberrys are less productive and more stressed. a psychologist involved in the study said that users respond to e-mails in batches and stick to a maximum of 12 hours of use in the workweek and that is going to be tough for many people in our line of work, right, wolf? >> much harder. yes, some of us are obsessed, but some necessarily aren't. >> well, i think that our thumbs start to hurt after a while. thank you, lisa, very much. we will check in with jack with the cafferty file and i don't think that his thumbs are a problem as far as the blackberry is a issue. >> it is not an issue with me. my question is how have your views changed since president obama's first year in office? kathy says my opinion has not changed v. you felt so strongly about opinion and at the same time you were truly praying you were wrong?
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i feel that the nation is in quick sand and the chances of rescue are getting smaller everyday. joe in massachusetts writes, i donated and worked for his campaign and obviously i voted for him. i expected more openness, attention to main street america's issues and specifically jobs, home mortgages and health care. i expected more bipartisanship, and we got attention on health care, but with poor execution, and leadership from president obama. the current bill is built too much on spending and special deals and not enough on cost reduction. we got little or no focus on the rest of the agenda, and we certainly didn't get openness. i am a disappointed independent. i voted for scott brown just to send a message. c.b. writes, it didn't change my mind, because he is working hard to clean up the mess. he has to be a bit more aggressive however. becky says he has prove enhimself to be unready and ill prepared. he has assemble a juvenile group of yes-men to advise him into being a one-term president. he has a poor understanding of
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the foreign policy and poorer understanding of the fabric of america, and he doesn't understand economics and the strength of the free market. we didn't elect an emperor and someone needs to get that message to him. if he apologizes to the world one more time, i will throw up. jonathan in virginia says a year late eer we have realized as a nation that obama is no savior, but how could he have lived up to the expectations of him. people are quick to talk about the mess of the last year, but with the mess that the bush administration left him, who can blame him. and where is the audacity, because the president is eloquent for talking the talk, but from many estimations he is poor at walking the walk and the time is quickly running out. if you want the read more on this go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. >> the e-mails are harsh, jack. if the white house reads them, they won't be that happy.
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brian todd is in haiti and he has an incredibly important story to share with you, including a story of mass graves. advisor:... ms. davis, this is onstar. i've received a signal you've been in a crash... i'm contacting emergency services... 911 dispatch:...onstar reporting a front end crash... on wakefield road... chevy malibu... fire/ems:...air bags deployed... ...injuries reported... advisor: ma'am, help is on the way...ok. and i'll stay on the line with you until they get there. automatic crash response. built into 15 chevy models. the images from haiti are heart-breaking-- homes, hospitals, and schools destroyed; @)families searching for loved ones; parents trying to feed their children. but we can all do something. we can help the american red cross as it delivers the food, water, and medicine that can save lives. donate $10 by texting "haiti" to 9-0-9-9-9. visit redcross.org or call 1-800-red-cross.
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a warning about the next story, because it contains graphic and disturbing images and content. certainly, if you have children watching, you may not want them to watch. in haiti there are so many bodies in the streets that very few places to put them. piles upon piles of the dead are being buried in mass graves. one man handling them said he recently received 10,000 bodies in a single day. our brian todd has more now from tatania in haiti. >> i am here in an area northwest of port-au-prince. it seems like an excavation
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operation going on here with rubble being moved that might have been cleared from the city. we found out, there is something very, very different. >> reporter: a dump truck pulls up the slope and pulls into position. this notch in the open hills just northwest of port-au-prince takes in some debris from the earthquake, but the massive trench is about 10-feet deep serve a grim purpose. this is a area where a road maintenance company is depositing bodies into a mass grave. we weren't quite sure what was coming out of the dump truck when it dumped sinlder block and trash and clearly, you can see a body there with the flies swarming around it. we believe there is another body under the corrugated metal, because flies have congregated there. there appears to be a bone sticking out there, and the smell here is pretty overwhelming. there they go. watch.
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in an instance an earth mover covers them in dirt and gravel. the site manager says that tens of thousands have been buried here without ceremony and he received 6,000 in one day. many of them don't arrive intact. while we were there, another convoy pulls up. amid the rock, cinder and metal dumped, a human arm protrudes and on the other side, a hand. a member of the international red cross says it does not condemn this practice outright, but with the help of an translator, i asked these questions. there is information that the international red cross is not allowing photographs for identification. >> translator: he says he has never seen the red cross here and he doesn't know anything about it. so, he has to do what he is doing right now, because of the smelling of the bodies.
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>> reporter: other members of the team say that in their bloated dismembered condition, many of the victims can not be identified. shovel operatorester pointed to where she buried some bodies this morning and in ten years of construction she never imagined this. >> she doesn't know what she is doing, but she is a woman and she has to do it, but it is against her to put the bodies like this, and she does not like it. >> reporter: with another pile of rubble, another leg popped out, there and they say they are doing it for sanitary reasons to get the bodies under the ground, and the end result is that that person there, their relatives don't know whether they are here and looks like they are about to vanish without a trace. >> oh, my god. brian todd on the scene in haiti with that incredible story. to the viewers, you are in "the situation room." happening now, more bodies in the street.
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a cnn crew comes up on a man gunned down over five bags of rice. new concerns about total breakdown of order. can the u.s. bring security to haiti? the plight of haiti's youngest victims and some are finding lives in america and others are praying for a way out. soledad o'brien is on a group of kids on a desperate journey. and key numbers of cnn's team will be part of the global telethon, "hope for haiti now." we will get a preview from our own sanjay gupta on the ground in port-au-prince. i'm wolf blitzer, and we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. world. you are in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com relief supplies are making it into haiti, but there is a logjam at the airport keeping vital material backed up. to get the supplies into the hands who urgently need them, cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta took matters into his own hands.
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>> it is like everywhere i go, i am walking through the airport even and outside of the airport and people are saying we need supplies, how do we get them? we know they are in there and how do we get them out here? so people are asking me that same question, over and over, again. >> respect the line, everyone. >> all right. so now we are going to go into the airport here and see if the next step of this works or not. just take a look out here at all of the people waiting. i can tell you that a lot of the people are waiting, because they are simply hoping that some of the supplies make it outside of the airport to them. okay. we are now in the airport. it took five minutes to get in here. we are in the airport. give you an idea, obviously, the
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airport, itself, is still very, very desolate inside. but, we are going to get to the airstrip where we are hearing that so many of the supplies are. well, i don't know if you can hear me or not, but when we talk about the supplies sitting here, take a look of boxes and boxes of supplies and all kinds of different formula in there and antibiotic, and pain medications, all sorts of different things. i want to get some antibiotics. >> i will walk you over there. >> should we check in there? >> yes, and then we will walk around. >> they seem very much like they want to help. he is going in to see if we can get some antibiotics to at least try to take care of the kids. we will find out. there is a lot of supplies here though. we are a able to basically walk into a couple of the tenlts and tell the people what we needed and get lots of supplies and antibiotics and pain medications and all sorts of things to try to treat some of to injured that
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we have seen. these are medications that people haven't had up until now and it took us 15 minutes and we got a bunch of it and we will try to distribute it to the hospital. basically, just went into the airport and tried to take as many of the things that we thought that you guys would need based on what the twins were telling us. so, some of this probably broad spectrum antibiotics. >> very good. >> reporter: lots of pain medications and all of the screaming this morning, hopefully you can -- >> we will take care of that. >> reporter: this will help. >> sanjay, thanks. >> reporter: so we came here today and asked for some of to supplies ourself, and we just asked and i went to the hospital to give them to them, because the kids and the adults need them today. does that surprise you what i described to you? >> there is stuff here waiting to be taken out. that is is a true statement. is it a lot? i can't speak to it. i will tell you that the reason you probably got it is because everybody on this field
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specifically u.s. government side is dedicated to getting as much stuff outside as they can. does it totally surprise me that some are doing without? no, it doesn't. not totally. do i hope it gets better? without a doubt. we are trying to get things in there and into the airport. and it is, it is a shame. because you would hope that everything could get out there within seconds, but that kind of infrastructure just isn't in place. >> dr. gupta is joining us. sanjay, when you see the problems and it must be so frustrating knowing that if they could just move these things a little more quickly, lives would be saved. >> yeah, and when it comes to medical relief in particular, time really is of the essence here, wolf. you have lots of supplies there that certainly could have been used over the last nearly two weeks now. it was a little bit heartbreaking to see some of the medications sort of just sitting there. and from what i understand some of them have been sitting there for some time.
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the other part is, wolf, they are sitting out there on the airstrip and it is very hot out there and some of the medications have an ideal temperature they are to be stored at and what some of the people there told me, because of the condition out there, it may have made some of the medications less effective as well. so two things, they really need to get out of there and ento people who need it the most as quickly as possible. >> i have been getting a lot of e-mail from doctors and nurses from all over the country and indeed the world, and saying to me, we would love to go and help the people in haiti. here is the question that is actually a two-part question, do you need more doctors and nurses right now? and if you do, what should these folks do? >> well, one thing i will tell you is that from a personnel standpoint, they are starting to get up to speed in terms of the numbers of doctors and nurses and a lot of the hospitals that we visited are becoming more well equipped in terms of manpower. not saying it is enough. but one piece of advice i would give predicting that things are
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going to play out, if you have a hard time getting in now, keep in mind that two to three to four weeks from now, there is a significant demand. my experience in these sort of situations, wolf, a huge outburst of compassion and activity and people showing up right now, and two to three or four weeks from now, a lot of the levels taper off, and that is maybe the time to come in and really make an impact and keep the momentum going in terms of getting these people care. >> because it is so emotional and so difficult and so frustrating that i assume that the burnout capability for a lot of the doctors and nurses can be rather high, and they are going to need relief in the weeks and months to come. >> and there is no question, wolf. the frustration level alone from what you and i were talking about in terms of knowing how to take care of somebody and knowing the medications to prescribe and knowing the procedures to perform and yet not being able to do those things is extremely frustratingk but just the overall impact that is so clear on the people here in haiti is also very difficult
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to watch, and to observe for all of the doctors and nurses. so, you are absolutely right. if you do take a break, they will need reinforcements and something that the need is going to be there for some time to come, wolf. >> i know you are ready for the telethon tonight later, but give our viewers here in the united states and around the world a sense of what you and everybody else, including a lot of celebrities are trying to achieve. >> well, you know, i think that a lot of this is really describing what has happened here in haiti in the earthquake and certainly the nearly two weeks afterwards and recognizing that when it comes to natural disasters and they each have their own personality. as a result, we have a lot of information and knowledge now about what is exactly needed now and what is needed going forward. when it comes to the types of stories that i have been covering in particular, medical stories, the urgent nature for that need. right now, medical relief is measured in minutes and hours,
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wolf, as you and i have talked about and different from other types of aid. so, think that we cannot overstress just how important that is and how very simple things, small amounts of money, simple medication, simple interventions can mack a huge difference, and they can truly save lives, wolf. >> all right. sanjay gupta reporting for us and doing great work as our viewers know. amid the enormous disaster that has struck haiti, there are small tragedies that have made things so much worse. one of our teams came across such a moment of horror as it was happening this morning. this is a graphic story that you or your children may find disturbing. here is cnn's karl penhaul. >> reporter: as we drove up to the busy crossroads just beyond the port-au-prince airport, we spot two haitian police officers detaining two young men. then, a single shot rang out. as we were stopping the truck, more shots rang out, and we clearly saw the two detainees
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falling to the ground. this is where we begin rolling our camera. as we got here to the spot, it became apparent that the incident was somehow connected to bags of rice. both men lie bleeding, both shot in the back. by the police. we are saw one officer firing shots while the captive was on the ground, and 20-year-old johntile is dying, unable to breathe. the other man is stunned, but speaking. he said they did not steal the rice. they were not looting. the cops jumped on us. it was a gift, it was a gift, he says again and again. five bags of rice are scattered nearby. truck stop and we jumped on and the driver gave us a rice as a gift, but the cop shot us, he says. this patrolman is one of three
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involved, and he won't answer. minutes after, this police area commissioner arrives. i ask him if the police have a shoot to kill order for suspected looters. nobody can do this in any country even if somebody was stealing a bag of rice, nobody has right to do this, he says. he promises to investigate and says he is calling an ambulance. we wait. no ambulance arrives. passing united nations peacekeepers stop a truck and load the wounded men aboard. a small crowd carries another wounded man. he says he was waiting for the bus when he took a stray bullet in the side. he tells us, he is a christian minister going home after applying for a job as a policeman. we asked around in the small shops, and witnesses told us nobody was looting. this store owner says that the
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rice bags fell from the truck and passersby simply picked them up. 2 1/2 hours after the shooting and johntile cherie's body was still on the sidewalk. nearby, his mother had come to grieve. >> my baby! >> karl penhaul, port-au-prince. cnn has sent a crew to the haitian government compound at the airport to ask about this incident, and several other similar incidents reported by the news media. if and when we get a response, we will of course share that with you. what a disturbing story that is. we are less than two hours away from the tonight's "hope for haiti" all-star telethon with george clooney and wyclef jean, and cnn's anderson cooper and
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checking in with jack cafferty for the cafferty file. jack? >> air america has crashed. the liberal talk radio business is going out of business. they once boasted hosts like rachel maddow and one-time commentators like rush limbaugh and shawn hannity. but they struggled from the start with management shake-ups and followed by a $4 million sale. it described itself as the only progressive voice in the broadcast media world when it launched saying it offered descending views on the iraq war when it was called essentially un-american, but after the inauguration of president barack obama, they say they will file for chapter 7 bankruptcy ending programming for good monday. they site the difficult economic
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environment and pointing to steep decline in radio ad revenues, but conservatives suggest that the passing of air america is a reminder that the country is set aright, and afterall tough economy or not, limbaugh draws 10 to 20 million listeners every week. and meanwhile, a gallup poll shows that 40% of americans are conservatives and 36% say they are moderates and only 21% say they are liberals. so here is the question, what does it mean that the country's only liberal radio network is going belly-up? pointing the little antennas at the sky? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile, and you can post a comment on my blog. wolf. >> well, security is certainly one of the big issues coming up in haiti. the united states may wind up playing a crucial role. we will bring in our national security contributor fran to
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townsend who was the homeland security adviser for president bush. what kind of precedent is this for the u.s. to get involved? >> well, the usaid has not called upon the capability of using the law enforcement teams. that capability is allowing us to go to local and state law enforcement and many of whom have creole speakers and with a contract through dhs called into duty to haiti. as we saw in the last piece, wolf, it is disturbing. they need help and the haitian police have also been victims of the earthquake. >> so whether you go the miami or los angeles or other cities, there are creole law enforcement officers to be brought in to the operation to help out? >> yes, in fact, last evening i had a conversation with lee baca who said that in los angeles he has identified creole speakers they could deploy, if they called on the contract on behalf
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of usaid. >> now, let's talk about britain that they have elevated the threat level and what is the big deal here? >> well, it is interesting, wolf. britain has the same capability that we do. they call it the joint terrorism analysis center and that is their version of the national counterterrorism center. they pull together all of the analysis on terrorism and supports the uk's security committee which is chaired by the home minister who is the individual who made the announcement today that they were raising the level. the reason it is significant, wolf, is that the committee chairman would have met and discussed the intelligence provided by the analysis, and think are not ones to raise it lightly, so one has to believe that there is some specific intelligence, although, they have been very clear it is not imminent, but there has to be intelligence to support this decision, because we know from the british colleagues, they don't raise it lightly. >> yeah, they would not do this
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unless there is good intelligen intelligence, but we don't know what it is. they are worried. >> yes. >> and fran, don't go away, because we have more to discuss here. we will check in with lisa sylvester who has more top stories, and more of our coverage after this. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the cadillac cts sport sedan. one of car and driver's 10 best for the third year in a row. ♪ and now, cadillac announces the new luxury collection lease. ♪
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lisa sylvester is monitoring some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. lisa, what is going on? >> well, wolf, a los angeles judge has ruled that director
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roman polanski must return to united states to be sentenced in the decades' old sex case. his lawyers have argued that he should be sentenced absentia and sentenced to time served. protesters blocked roads and shouted angry words against the united states and afghan governments for a second day. they are upset over the killing of four people by nato forces in a volatile province. nato says they had targeted a taliban commander and the four killed were suspected insurgence and including a 14-year-old boy, but the civilians claim they were civilians. and american airline is laying off pilots after reducing the flight schedule n. late february, the airline will put 80 of the nearly 8,000 pilots on leave. the remainder of the furloughs are due by the end of june. the airline's passenger capacity has been cut by more than 7% due to a slump in air travel.
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and "american idol" judge simon cowell is helping to organize a song to aid the people of haiti. rod stewart and leona lewis have agreed to perform a cover of r.e.m.'s "it hurts." and the newspaper who is also involved in the effort says that r.e.m. will waive royalties so that is something to watch out for. >> i will look forward to hearing that. lisa will be standing by with top stories. when we come back soledad o'brien has a heart wrenching story about orphans in haiti and what needs to be done.
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they are among the vulnerable of the haiti earthquake. thousands and thousands of orphans whose plight is more desperate than ever. soledad o'brien has just returned from port-au-prince where she tracked the efforts to get some of the orphans out of haiti. what is going on, soledad? >> well, frankly, things are dire for the orphans and those in the best of circumstances. they have access to supplies, and they have access to food, and they risk being robbed. we have had lots of reports of that, and for those who are in the worst of circumstances with access to absolutely nothing, well, they literally risk dying. so it is no surprise that the orphans with connections and those with adoptions in progress in the u.s. and other countries are getting every effort to get out of the country, but the
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actual journey can be confusing and difficult. >> reporter: for nine days after the earthquake 135 children at the orphanage here sweltered in the haitian heat. low on food and formula, running out of hope, until their caretakers had enough. they loaded the babies into a van and rode on their arms fhg. for his glory. it is the christian group who sponsors them, and had come to their rescue. i squeezed on to the bus with the toddlers and older kids and the entire orphanage heads for u.s. embassy in pursuit of visas, their ticket out of this disaster. the situation for haitian orphans is desperate. the state department is allowing children with adoptions in process to get temporary visas so they can leave.
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but officials will not accept children if they cannot verify all of their paperwork is in order, and children who have a biological parent living in haiti can only leave with that parent's permission. it is hot on the bus, at least 90 degrees, and the children are sick, overcome by the heat. >> i don't want to jeopardize the children, but i want to do what is right for them. >> reporter: we are almost there, and just a few blocks away when the bus gets turned back. >> we just got a phone call from some of the guys at the embassy who said not to bring the kids right now. >> reporter: a state department spokesperson says that we don't turn people away, but we ask people to come back at times. >> the children do not want to go back to the orphanage. they want to go to america. >> the embassy says they want to avoid the kids taken out of the country illegally and for these orphans, this is where the trip ends, stuck in haiti for now.
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but, we get word that 22 children from other orphanages are having more luck. the u.s. agencies handling the adoptions get visas, and their paperwork is complete. and just like that, these children say good-bye to haitian soil. on the other end, parents, a new country, life in the u.s. begins to unfold. a world away from an earthquake. >> soledad, you see the pictures and you see the parents now with these kids together, and it has to be, it has to be, i am sure as a mother or anyone, some thrilling moments. >> yeah, you know, it was really nice to see the parents there. i had a chance to sort of come off of the plane early, and they were saying, soledad, soledad, tell us, and i have been e-mailing and tweeting my pictures, and so people could
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follow our journey every step of the way with their kids and that was fun the do and the parents were so, so excited. but i have to tell you that it was a hellacious trip, because where they pulled the bus around before we got to the embassy it was hot and the kids were throwing up, and the people were worried that the babies would not make it. they are sick, and they are not healthy already. it was scary. >> and they are embarking on a whole new life many of them in the united states. soledad, hold on, because i want to bring back in fran townsend our foreign affairs contributor jill dougherty as well. you have been speaking to the adoption agencies and what are they saying to you, because they see these adorable kids and they say, i want to adopt them. >> well, number one, the state department is moving ahead with the children who were already in the pipeline almost adopted a and the paperwork complete, they are getting out. they have visas. those have been speeded up. then there is a second category
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and those are the kids in the beginning process, and they have identified parents and they are waiving the paperwork for them and they get humanitarian parole, and they are getting out. but the one thing that hit me the most is that they are saying that a lot of the poorer kids that you see on the streets alone may not necessarily be orphans. so there are a lot of people who say, boy, i would love to adopt them, but the agencies that i have been talking to are saying that they should stop new ad adoptions, speed up the process of getting the ones already in train, and then move on from there, but these children may have families desperate to find them. >> but i would say, wolf, probably, actually we have been told one-third of the orphans and the term orphan in haiti is not the way we think of orphan here. we saw parents visiting their children. they had dropped them off at the orphanage, because they could not take care of them. a father there with his daughter
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who was devastated, because she would not get on the bus to leave and nothing i want more than the child to get to the united states, because their idea of orphan is that there is an orphanage who will take care of their child. so it is a very different definition of an orphan who is a person with nobody else in the world. but it is a complicated issue, because the question comes that some of the kids are really sick or they are just not going to make it or the conditions are really bad and scary and the question becomes, is there a middle ground between adoption and sort of doing something on the order of, you know, we talked about to getting the kids help and to a place that is safe. some of the orphanages, that i reported that evening after the report 20 gunmen came over the wall and tried to rob them. now they are terrified, so there has to be a middle ground between leaving them and adopting them out which takes years. there has to be somewhere in between and i'd be curious in the government officials --
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>> we will bring fran in, because you know a lot about this, because when i spoke to the american ambassador to port-au-prince the other day, he said it is not that simple, because of the issue of sex trade and security concerns playing out right there right now. >> soledad is absolutely right. what you hope to find is some middle ground, but you to be careful if you bring the children out too quickly and you don't have placements for them that have been adequately vetted. you certainly don't want to be in a position to put them in harm's way with people who will abuse them or negligent them, so you have to have adequate and safe and security environments for them here if you bring them here, but on the other hand back to jill's point, you need to have some resolution about what their status is. if they have parents, will the parents agree to temporarily allow them to come to the united states for treatment. and those are the sorts of issues that you want to get resolved before you move them around. that is what the u.s. ambassador and those are the kinds of concerns he was articulatinarti
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>> and hold on soledad, but jill, over at the state department, they are trying to ease up the paperwork? >> yes, they are working 24/7 to do it right now, but it is complicate complicated, because you have to find the paperwork and luckily, they said that even though the paperwork is lost in the ground in haiti, and if they have gone through adoption agencies officially, they have the same paperwork in the united states, so they know these children. >> go ahead, soledad. >> keep in mind that you are seeing these 25 babies in the back of the truck, they are best case scenario, because they are connected to american adoption agency, but there are other agencies who don't do adoptions, and they have nothing. when we went to visit them in the staircases of the slums, they have not literally eaten for days. i traveled with a woman there who was handing out food and watching them do it. i have four kids and iness the paperwork, but i feel like, while everyone is working out
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the logistics and the bureaucracy, literally children are dying. i don't say that to be hyperbolic, they are literally dying. i was at one of the orphanages and they had a baby trying to put an i.v. in her hand, and she was so dehydrated, they couldn't nind find a vein and i pinned her down the same way i do with my kids with the flu shot. we have two kids to get this in, because this kid has two hours before she dies. i am thinking, i am pinning the baby down and the clock is ticking and that is one story of hundreds of thousands of kids who are potentially orphans. i understand that nobody wants a child to go to a bad home in the haiti or united states or in any country in the world, but there has to be someone who is saying and thinking at it quickly an air lift, something, something. because right now for a lot of the kids, there is literally nothing. there is nothing. >> i want all of you to standby, because we have another guest i want to bring in who knows something about what is going on right now, dr. barth green who
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is a professor from the university of miami medical school and co-founder of medi-share for haiti, and he is working diligently on this. on the issue of orphans, give us a thought, doctor, because you are there on the scene. >> you know, we have been moving orphans back to the united states. i spent the night a couple of nights ago with homeland security, but the fact is that it is a major problem. sunday night, john walsh is coming down here, and he is going to hire 1,000 haitian social workers, and he is going to try a massive effort to do exactly what needs to be done. identify the orphans, see which ones are truly orphans, and be able to sort out all of the issues that are causing so much pain for the people in america and around the world that want to do the right thing. but we brought up about 60 sick
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orphans last night, and our pediatricians met them. we have processed them. we are working with that group and catholic charities, but it is an issue, no doubt. there is no doubt that if an orphan is let loose in the community, they could become a servant, and there is not enough food for the kids and the family, and the first five kids and not to mention the orphan, and they are not put in a good position. when i told president preval and his wife elizabeth this week is let these children go. let us heal their bodies and let us educate them, and they will come back to haiti and rebuild their country. and that day president preval signed a decree easing the restrictions on moving orphans. he's really a wonderful man. so i think that all of this is getting better and better. >> what about the so-called needless deaths or the stupid deaths that we have been hearing about, dr. green? the people who are dying because
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the basic medicine is not there, and whether it is antibiotic or i.v. or whatever, and are you still seeing that? >> no, i have to tell you that we were there the morning after the earthquake, and we flew in here with a good spirit, but very little equipment. every nation in the world now has loaded tons and tons of supplies and equipment. there are thousands of international doctors on the ground. there is dozens of portable field hospitals. we have opened up several hundred-bed hospital at the airport. we are working with the united nations and the world health organization and the ngos and the u.s. army and government and we are getting our act together. i will tell you that the first group of patients who have been crushed under the weight of their buildings we say haiti, haiti, the land that came down on the people, and now they
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are -- >> we have to make a decision to keep someone alive or not. and -- >> unfortunately, i just heard that. we have late mix up in the communications, but dr. green, you are making an excellent point, and we are grateful to you and to all of the men and women who are working with you in haiti for what you are doing, dr. barth green of the university of miami medical school and the project medishare for haiti. also, i want to thank soledad o'brien and jill dougherty and fran townsend. and right now we have new information in haiti. we will go back there in a moment.
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cnn news teams are getting a look at the damage outside of port-au-prince, and we are learning what happened on the day that the earthquake struck. cnn's ivan watson is back in the capital. ivan, tell us what you are seeing on this day. >> well, we just returned from the beach, a beautiful beach called petit paradis, and that means in english, little paradise, because it is a fitting name, because it is stunning and the village there is desperately poor. the people are barely getting by before the earthquake and now their homes destroyed. we saw them mobbing a nun trying to distribute bags of rice with boxes of pop tarts in them to the point she drove away and they chased the vehicle. on top of that, this village, this area also suffered because of a local tsunami, a local
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fishermen described that at the time the earthquake hit the earth shook and the water receded there and then a massive wave swept in and devastated several houses along the waterfront there and according the our count, carried away at least seven locals, killing them, in addition to the damage of falling houses in that area, wolf. a final point that we saw there, they had not received any formal aid aside from the nun who tried to distribute the rice. the neighboring town had not seen any help. an american missionary is telling us that she was rather disappointed by the lack of food, water, medicine to this community since the earthquake. wolf. >> ivan, you have been there since the beginning. there is a moment that stands out in your mind right now, something that will stay with you forever? i am sure there are probably a lot of images that will always stay with you, but is there something that is really, really
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a pounding away right now that you want to share with our viewers? >> everyday haiti and the scale of the catastrophe never ceases to astound me, wolf. i did not expect to see this kind of damage more than an hour and a half drive from capital city, and to see people this desperate. an encouraging sign today that made me excited was the site of u.s. navy amphibious ships pulling down the beach and the promise of aid to come in the days to comeand nothing on the ground just yet. as if the people have not suffered enough, a tsunami that carried away the fishermen and people washing their laundry by the beach, little girls is just awful, wolf. >> ivan watson on the scener to us. ivan, thank you for everything that you and our colleagues are doing in haiti right now. we will check in with lisa sylvester and some of the other top stories unfolding right now
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going back to haiti in a few moments, but lisa sylvester is monitoring other top stories in "the situation room" right now. what else is going on, lisa? >> well, not good news on the stock market news. stocks slumped for the third straight day over earnings reports and president obama's proposed tougher bank regulations. there is also concern over whether the fed chairman ben bernanke's term will be renewed. the dow fell 10,000 points and that is the worst since october and the worst showing since it began the recovery last march. vice president joe biden flew to iraq and he plans to meet with iraqi leaders concerning the upcoming elections. but a major dispute is brewing over whether hundreds of candidates should be blacklisted over suspected links to saddam hussein's regime. the list has caused problems between the sunnis and the
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shiites. this is his fourth visit to iraq as vice president. and that jet that captain chelsea sullenberger landed on the hudson river a year ago saving the lives of all on board is up for auction. the hudson hero is not included. a spokesperson for the auction sales says that plane will likely end up as scrap metal and sad to hear that, wolf. >> well, it was such an amazing moment, and we were covering that live. i remember when we first saw that picture of the plane, a live picture, and we knew that people were inside, i assumed it was going to sink and i would have to report to the world that all of the people were dead. you can't imagine how exciting it was when we saw them going out on the wings and all of the sudden, they were okay. it was just a great moment. >> yeah, it was so surreal, because the plane didn't sink right away, and it was hovering there and on the river. to think what captain sullenberger did landing this on
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the hudson river is amazing stuff. we have a shot of it right there, which is just unbelievable. there it is, the people standing there. >> a great moment and he is a real, real hero. we want to thank him for all of that. all right, lisa. thanks for those top stories. we're going back to haiti in just a few moments to see what else is going on. remember, a little bit more than an hour from now, the telethon we'll be seeing here on cnn. we'll update you on what's going to happen after this. please help me welcome a long-time friend of glencoe baseball. a man who played second base here some 45 years ago. actually, 47. ladies and gentlemen, mr. larry mccarthy. amidst today's financial turmoil, our sophisticated wealth transfer strategies... and philanthropic expertise ensure your legacy... is passed on to family or your favorite pastime.
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. let's check in with jack for the cafferty file. jack? >> what does it mean, he tried to say, that the country's only liberal network, air america, is going out of business. mark writes from st. louis, i'm from missouri, which is rush limbaugh's home state. while everybody doesn't agree with him, he does believe that
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extreme liberals have hijacked the democratic party. air america was simply a mirror image. however, you are only as good as the number of listeners. now we see the mainstream media which supports the democrats at every opportunity are going the same route. newspapers are folding or getting ready to, and they're using tv media, losing viewers in droves, yet fox viewers increase every year. tom writes -- liz writes -- sue writes -- jean writes -- diana
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writes -- respectfully presented with no yelling or interrupting. national public radio is the best example of that that i can find. and eric writes -- if you want to read more about this, go to my blog at cnn.com/caffertyfile. wolf? >> christiane is now in port-au-prince for us. we'll check in with christiane after this.
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politics and theater combine in a new production bringing german auz audiences to their
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feet. they bring you "obama: the musical." >> president obama's 2008 campaign message resonated around the world. and now hope that te obama musi story is bringing germans to their feet. ♪ >> i am so proud to represent president barack obama. i'm proud to be an american. >> the musical tells the story of mr. obama's road to the presidency, and more. in the early days, taking on
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tough guys as a community organizer in chicago. falling in love with michelle ♪ ♪ >> and facing off with political rivals like john mccain and sarah palin. and if you think it's strange to find a musical about the american president in germany, the cast says think again. >> they really, really appreciate a good musical, and as soon as i heard the music, i knew they were going to like it. >> but they're also a big fan of president obama. >> as a presidential candidate, mr. obama managed to draw a
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crowd of 200,000 to a speech in central berlin. and the music makers are trying to latch onto that success. >> it was a phenomenal time for america and the world, and it was something i felt like needed to be captured. >> and after a successful opening night in germany, the organizers say, who knows? maybe someday "obama: the musical" could make it to america. cnn, frankfurt, germany. >> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room in haiti right now. aid workers said thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people are leaving the capital. they're traveling by bus, by ferry, even by foot. we're told they're trying to find cleaner, safer shelter, perhaps in tent cities being promised by the government. a new ray of hope that the survivors will still be found. today an 80-year-old woman was
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pulled from the rubble alive, ten days after the earthquake. we just received word that a 22-year-old man was rescued by an israeli search and rescue team. donations to haiti relief have now topped $355 million in the united states alone. and just about an hour from now, cnn will air a global telethon hope for haiti now, including our own anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta. they're live from haiti. you won't want to miss that. that's coming up. right now we're following all the developments out of haiti. our chief correspondent is there. i asked her about the reports we're hearing about a mass exodus from port-au-prince. >> well, look, it's hard to tell from this vantage point, i haven't really seen that. in fact, what we've seen is more of these tent cities and tent dwellings springing up behind us. but what we do know is over the last 24 hours or so, the government authorities have been saying they want to move some
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400 to 500,000 people who are homeless out of the capital and move them elsewhere. today when i came out of the city, i saw people who were lined up for a long, long way, many, many blocks outside the still functioning but barely functioning immigration and immigration office. in other words, to renew their pa passports or just to get new passports because many are lost them and they wanted to leave. so that is on the way, but still so many supplies are coming in to the airport, the connection between supply and demand still isn't quite firm enough. that means not enough people are getting all the food, the water, the shelter, the sanitation, the medical equipment and supplies and treatment that they need, wolf. >> have you seen evidence, though, of more violence or looting? because earlier in the week, we saw that. i don't know if it's really still happening. >> well, here's the thing, wolf. it has happened a little earlier in the week, but despite some of
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the pictures and the stories, it really was a small scale, it really was localized. it was just in a few instances. and, in fact, by the end of the week, the u.n. had pronounced port-au-prince mostly stable and calm. but we did see today just a little bit away from where we are right now was a bit of vigilante justice where a man was dead in the street. he had been stoned to death. the people around him, the crowds, just right here had said they believed he was one of those that escaped from the prison the first day of the earthquake which collapsed so many buildings, including the prison, and that he had stolen something. so that's what they were saying. but anyway, justice was taken into their own hands and he was lying dead on the street. but these are, as far as we can tell and as far as we can get reports from even outside port-au-prince, these are very isolated incidents. >> and the government of haiti, is it really in charge over there, or is it basically they've delegated all sorts of responsibilities to the u.n. or
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u.s. or others? >> you know, it's a bit of both. the fact of the matter is the government, on the very first day of the earthquake, said we need help, we cannot cope on our own. as it's been reported over the last nine days since the earthquake or more that just about all the major ministries were either damaged or flattened. ministers have had to sort of reconvene, as you know. the president rene preval operates out of a building near the airport, a police headquarters, so it's a very difficult way to function right now. slowly, slowly they're getting back. but the truth is, as you say, the bulk of the emergency relief operation is being done mostly by the united states, by the other -- the u.n., by the other foreign and international forces who have been coming here. but everybody is very careful to say that it's done in coordination and at the behest of the haitian government. >> christiane amanpour in
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port-au-prince. christiane's program, amanpour, will be live on surnday at 2:00 p.m. jonathan mann takes us behind the scenes at the po port-au-prince airport. >> we're in the very busy operating rooms at the university of miami operating room, the very busy field hospital operating in port-au-prince. they're expecting to get about 250, 300 patients but the hospital is literally growing, putting up more tents on the grounds of the part ah prince airport and receiving more patients all the time. behind me you can see surgeons at work. they're trying to clean up an amputation that's become ic infected. a patient who has lost his right arm, doctors are making a second
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go. here doctors are working on a broken femur, one of the many kinds of injuries seen here in haiti. this kind of hospital is what haiti needs more of. it needs more trained surgeons, it needs more hospitals full of supplies, and it needs more patients getting to the care they need. what we've seen in the first few days and the days to come are infections that have set in because people don't have enough access to medical care. this is the university of miami hospital. the man running it says haiti needs a lot more hospitals just like this. >> jonathan mann reporting for us from the airport in haiti. our correspondents now on the ground. they're getting up well beyond the haitian capital of port-au-prince, and they're trying to get a better sense of the damage on the day the quake hit and what has happened since then. cnn ivan watson filed this report. >> reporter: we're reporting to you from the fishing village which means little paradise.
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it's a stunningly beautiful place. the people here have been hit hard by this earthquake, and they have been describing what appears to be on the evening of the 12th something like a tidal wave, a tsunami-like wave that claimed the lives of four people here. if you look over my shoulder, there is a lone tree and some bushes. a little more than a week ago, the beach extended out there. you could walk out there until, as these fishermen described to me, on the day of the earthquake the water receded and then a huge wave swept in -- [ foreign language ] >> and>>steve: >> says the water receded and there was a rumbling sound like a helicopter, and
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then a huge wave swept over. and he earlier told me that it swept away his father and two of his infant nephews, aged two and four, and another fisherman here said his sister was doing laundry by the sea and she was swept out. and to add to the tragedy here, none of them were able to hold funerals because they have yet to recover their bodies of their loved ones. ivan watson, cnn, in petite parody in haiti. >> amazing story. we're standing by on the telethon to tell you how you and everyone in the world can help haiti. many celebrities from around the world, they're going to be part of this telethon that you will see here on cnn. that's coming up. stand by, don't go away.
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it's the best coverage in america. let's check in with jack for the cafferty file. jack? >> the majority of americans want congress to put the brakes on health care reform. in usa today, a gallop poll showed 55% of those surveyed
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said they should suspend work and consider alternatives. only 39% said they want congress to try to pass current bill. 19% said the government is right to make health care reform their top priority right now, but 46% say it's important but should address other problems first, and 19% said it shouldn't be a priority at all. president obama is wanting to press ahead even though he understands health care reform has, quote, run into a bit of a buzz saw, end quote. other lawmakers, much like the american public, are losing their appetite for this fast action. democratic senator chris dodd says his colleagues should, quote, maybe take a breather for six months. there is no question that scott
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brown's senate seat has made this more difficult. pelosi ruled out what was a preferred action for some democrats, and that was the house passing the senate bill as is. she doesn't have the votes to do that. and although there is a sense that a scaled-back health care bill might be the best route for congress to take, even that might be easier said than done given the current political winds that are blowing across washington, d.c. so here's the question. should congress give up trying to pass health care? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and let us know your thoughts. wolf? >> what a difference a day makes in that whole thing. goes to show you. all right, jack, thank you. a warning about our next story canes graphic and disturbing images and content. certainly if you have children watching, they may not want to watch. piles upon piles of the dead are being buried in mass graves. one man handling them says he recently received 10,000 bodies
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in a single day. our brian todd is on the scene and has more. >> reporter: wolf, i'm here in an area just west of port-au-prince. it seems like just an excavation operation here with rubble being removed that might have been cleared from the city. we found out it's something very, very different. a dump truck pulls up the slope and moves into position. this notch in the open hills just northwest of port-au-prince takes in some debris from the earthquake, but the massive trenches about ten feet deep serve a much more grim purpose. this is where a road maintenance company run by the haitian government is depositing bodies in a mass grave. we weren't quite sure what was coming out of the dump truck when it was first dumping some cinderblock and a lot of rock and some trash. clearly you can see a body right there with some flies swarming around it. we believe there is another body under this corrugated metal
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because flies have gathered there. there appears to be some kind of bone sticking out there, and the smell here is pretty overwhelming. there they go. >> in an instant, an earth mover covers them in earth and gravel. tens of thousands have been buried here without ceremony, that he received about 6,000 in one day. many of them don't arrive intact. while we're there, another convoy pulls up. amid the rock, cinder and metal dumped, an arm protrudes. another, a hand. it does not condemn this practice out right, but with a translator's help, i asked them about one criticism the red cross does have. >> there is criticism from the international red cross from some churches that you're not allowing bodies to be photographed for identification.
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what does he say to that? >> he says he's never seen the red cross around here and he doesn't know anything about it. so he has to do what he's doing right now because of the smelling of the bodies. >> other members of his team say in the bloated conditions, many members cannot be identified. the shovel operator points to where she buried several bodies this morning. she says in ten years working construction, she never imagined doing this. >> she doesn't like what she's doing, she is a woman, but she has to do it to help people, but she doesn't like it. >> reporter: just with another movement of a pile of rubble, another leg popped out right there. they're saying they're doing this for sanitary reasons, to get the bodies under the ground. the end result is that person there, their relatives may never know that they're here. it looks like they're about to vanish without a trace. wolf? >> a sad story indeed.
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brian todd doing his job. we're going to check some other top stories when we with come back. including britain. it raised its terror threat level. going back to haiti for the back story on the rescue of a woman.
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lisa sylvester is monitoring
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some of the other stories going on. what's happening, lisa? >> they raised the warning to severe, saying that an attack is likely. the u.k.'s moves come to one that plans to host an international conference next week and after britain directed all flights to yemen. president obama is vowing to fight on for health care reform, jobs and the economy. at a town hall event today, the president says his efforts had run into, quote, a buzz saw. but he adds he's not giving up. >> so long as i have some breath in me, so long as i have the privilege of serving as your president, i will not stop fighting for you. i will take my lumps, but i won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here. [ applause ] >> i won't stop fighting for an
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economy where hard work is rewarded. i won't stop fighting to make sure there is accountability in our financial system. i'm not going to stop fighting until we have jobs for everybody. >> on health care reform, president obama was not specific, though, about what kind of legislation he may now be backing. the president is also facing potentially another setback with only a week left before federal chairman ben bernanke's term ends. the fed now lacks the 60 votes for the confirmation vote. the president scrambles for support as people say they lack the votes for giving bernanke a second term. severe flooding from a powerful storm system in arizona. it appears the ground ploe tbel home you see there has been washed away by floodwaters and tragically a six-year-old boy
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was washed away by rising waters. a very dangerous situation. wolf? >> amazing what mother nature can do in a situation like that, lisa. thanks very much. dr. sanjay gupta is in port-au-prince. he's getting ready for the global telethon that's about to air on cnn with george clooney and anderson cooper. we're going to speak to sanjay in just a moment. a.j.? (alarm blasting) (screaming) (phone rings) hello? this is bill with broadview security. is everything okay? no. there's this guy - he just smashed in my door. i'm sending help right now. thank you. (announcer) brink's home security is now broadview security. call now to install the standard system for just $99. the proven technology of a broadview security system delivers rapid response from highly-trained professionals,
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we'll get back to haiti in a few moments. they're getting ready for the global telethon that comes up here on cnn. we're going to show that to you. but there's some other news we're watching, including president obama. he acknowledged today he's taking some lumps now that the democrats are losing their 60-seat supermajority in the u.s. senate. and joining us now, john holloman, the authors of "game change." it debuts number one on the best sellers list. before we talk about the book, this dramatic win by this republican in massachusetts, scott brown. how big of a setback is that for the president? >> i think it can't be overstated that it has short-term and long-term
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implications. until the closing days of this special election, i think if the white house is not seriously rewriting the state of the union and the budget, they're making a big mistake. this has huge implications for obama and how he strategizes going forward. >> what's going on? why are the democrats suffering? >> wolf, i think it's a great point to make because democrats, of course, were slightly in denial about virginia and new jersey, and they wanted to say it was just about local issues. i think what we're seeing now is, look, the independents in the country who swung strongly for obama in 2008, they've drifted strongly away from him over the course of the last two years. we are living in a populist nati nation. >> how much credit do the tea party applicants deserve for
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this republican renaissance, or whatever you want to call it? >> i think the energy in that portion of the conservative movement has been incredibly important. it has drawn the bhit house into some fights they would have probably been better off ignoring or stamping out. but it is not the long-term future of the republican party. i think if you look at the way brown won this race, he brought elements to it, particularly a sunny disposition, rather than some of the anger you see in the tea party movement that i think played a huge role, and i think republicans around the country will be looking at what tactic, strategy and message, including the sunny disposition, and they will borrow a lot of it. >> you write about some setbacks during the campaign, john, ask then candidate obama managed to deal with it and move on and succeed. given his nature, the personality he has, the background, how does he deal with this setback and regroup? >> in the course of the campaign, wolf, there were a number of times when he was urged by so much of the
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democratic national party to may drastic changes both in the nomination fight when he was far behind hillary clinton in the fall of 2007, and in the early fall of 2008 when john mccain moved ahead a little bit in the polls on the back of the palin mania. he kept his head and sort of dismissed the democratic bed wetting all the calls from the establishment to dramatically change his posture. that served them very well during the campaign. the question is now whether they've kind of overlearned that lesson and whether they can make a dramatic course correction now as opposed to a more incremental one that they seem to be kind of inclined towards. >> is that the description of no obama mama accurate? >> it's totally accurate and it's another thing that served him well in the campaign. we see, for instance, after the new hampshire primary, obama sin credibly calm after some advisers are freaking out. as opposed to hillary clinton,
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panicked and angry after losing the iowa caucuses. that got him a head up against her and john mccain. i think now the anger and passion may now be hurting him. i think there are some issues related to the economy, some national security where drama isn't called for, but passion and intensity rather than some of the talk we've seen from him in some of the big moments at the white house. >> during his experience in the white house, do you think he's going to keep that team that brought him to the white house in place? >> there are two things about barack obama and personnel, wolf. one of them is he loves to have a small group of advisers around him. he doesn't have a broad circle. in the white house, rahm manual, david gibbs and rod axelrod are the trusted inner circle. i don't imagine any of them are going anywhere. at the same time, obama was happy to throw someone on the periphery under the bus, and i can imagine easily in the course
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of the next few months some of that happening to signal that they get that they need to make changes. there is already speculation of someone from his economic team being tossed and i think there is a not unreasonable chance that maybe tim geithner will find himself out of a job over the course of the next few weeks or months. >> do you agree with that, mark? >> well, i think the president has lacked a strong chief economic spokesperson. it can't be the president of the united states for a variety of reasons. tim geithner, i think, has improved in the job, but i don't think the country is looking on a regular basis for tim geithner to come out and make inspiring and tough statements about how we're going to deal with this horrible economy. i'm not sure he's going to go. i do think the president would be better served that someone, if not tim geithner, someone to be a much more prominent, energized, optimistic spokesperson for dealing with the economic issues the country faces. >> the book is called "game change," obama, clinton and
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palin, the race of a lifetime. two of the best political reporters i know. guys, thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. dr. sanjay gupta is standing by. we'll speak to him. also, we'll have the back story of a rescue of a woman in haiti. at quicken loans, we're making it easier for you to get a home loan. we've got a way for you to check the status of your loan online... securely, any time, anywhere. our e signature technology makes it really easy... for you to sign your documents from home. we've helped over three-quarters of a million families... refinance or purchase their home. it's how we've done things at quicken loans for 25 years now. it's why quicken loans is one of america's largest mortgage lenders. - and that's why i love... - i love being a home loan expert. ♪
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remember, a hope for haiti telethon is about to start right here on cnn.
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it's a global telethon that you're going to want to watch. george clooney is joining this telethon together with sanjay gupta, anderson cooper, wyclef jean and many others. i think you'll want to watch this and it will inspire you, no doubt. for many of the haitians hungry, thirsty and injured right now, help can't come fast enough. and for many of the earthquake victims, help hasn't come at all. our cnn physician, dr. sanjay gupta, has brought us incredible stories. >> sanjay, have things gotten better or worse since you've been there? >> things have definitely gotten better, no doubt about that, but remember where we started, where haiti was even the day before the earthquake. we talked about this a lot, but obviously this is a country that was very impoverished, and because of that, you have it affecting everything, including
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the infrastructure. few hospitals, one of the lowest physician to patient ratios anywhere in the world. during the time of the earthquake, obviously, a lot of people just figuring out how to react to this earthquake, at least initially. wolf, obviously a lot of people died during the earthquake. a lot of people lived, but there were a lot of people sort of caught in between, if you will. they were alive but just dramatically injured, and that's where the medical focus has been for the last couple of weeks. at first there were just stories of hardly any resources at all. forget antibiotics and pain medications, simply couldn't even get i.v.s, water or just basic supplies to these people. that has started to improve. there are 300 water and food stations now around the city. mres, known as meals ready to eat, those have been dropped off, more than 6,000 of them, that has improved. but there is still this frustrating, nagging issue of getting basic medical supplies. antibiotics, which can prevent potential life-threatening
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infections, pain medications for those suffering at this time and instruments to perform these operations. it's nowhere near where it should be, wolf, certainly not this far out. >> and i take it the country could use many more doctors, nurses, medical supplies and sophisticated equipment we sort of take for granted here in the united states budt would be essential in keeping people who are injured alive. >> essential because every natural disaster sort of has its own personality. you don't know exactly what you're going to get. the tsunami, for example, there were people who died, but the people who lived for the most part weren't injured. they needed food, they needed water, but they didn't need these medical supplies we're talking about. as far as personnel, that has improved probably significantly when it comes to medical care. there are a lot of doctors and nurses showing up from all over the world, people flying into the dominican republic, coming across the border. some planes have been able to
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land here at port-au-prince. personnelwise, i think they're coming up to speed. but the other issue, the supplies, the instruments, the medications you're talking about, that is still not up to snuff. i have visited the airport, i've seen some of these places where they have stockpiles of these particular supplies, and it's particularly irksome because so many of these supplies are here in the country but getting them distributed from the airport to these critically devastated locations has been a real challenge. it's unclear exactly why that is, but supplies in the city being distributed now, that is the goal in the next week and after that. >> how worried, sanjay, are you about disease? meningitis or some of these other diseases breaking out given the widespread unsanitary conditions, shall we say, all over the place including a lot of mass graves, open graves with bodies? >> you know, it's interesting.
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people always talk about a potential second wave of disease, and i've heard it described even as something that could be a bigger killer than the earthquake itself. if you look back through history, including other natural disasters, the second wave, a significant second wave, often doesn't occur. there is concern, don't get me wrong, about diseases that could spread person to person. there is concern about diseases that can spread through the water. when it comes to these bodies, for example, dead bodies in the streets, obviously very emotionally devastating to continue to see these bodies, but from a public health standpoint, these bodies don't necessarily pose a public health risk or not a significant one. when a body dies, the organisms that could potentially be catastrophic, those organisms often die with the body as well. respiratory illnesses can spread in close quarters and you can
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see behind me in tents, people living in close quarters, that can be a problem. but as far as things like measles, hepatitis, cholera. those are a potential concern. we haven't seen that yet. talking to public health, i think the list is surprisingly in a good way rather low. >> we've seen some pictures of violence, of looting. but you've traveled all over port-au-prince and the whole area. give us some perspective. >> the perspective is this. you have people who have been without basic supplies, some of them, for a long time now. haiti is haiti in terms of its climate. it is hot, people are thirsty all the time, they've been dehydrated from maybe being stuck in buildings after the earthquake. frankly, i expected a lot more in terms of violence. i expected a lot more in terms of did he sesperation. i heard of a man being stoned to death not far from here.
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he was accused of stealing something and it was a case of criminal injustice. there were a lot of people in the hot sun waiting for water, waiting in order, no pushing, no shoving, no armed guards, waiting patiently to get that water. so for the most part, it would be hard to generalize and say there is a lot of violence in haiti. what i've seen, it seems to be pretty isolated. >> dr. sanjay gupta, our chief medical correspondent, doing some incredible, incredible reporting for us. on behalf of all of us, sanjay, thanks so much for what you and your entire team on the ground in haiti have been doing. appreciate it. >> thank you, wolf. >> remember, sanjay will be part of the hope for haiti now telethon that starts here on cnn. that's coming up fairly soon. let's check in with lisa sylvester. she's monitoring some of the other top stories in the situation room right now. what else is going on, lisa? >> vice president joe biden is in iraq right now.
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biden plans to meet with iraqi leaders about the country's upcoming elections. a major dispute, though, is brewing about whether hundreds of candidates should be blacklisted over a suspended link to saddam hussein's regime. this is his fourth visit to iraq as vice president. auto dealers are fighting back. at least 900 general motors employees who got the ax prepare to arbitrate the shut-down. they have until monday to file for an independent arbitration of their case. well, if you're one who likes a beer with your burger, you may want to head to a miami burger king. the chain is opening its very first u.s. locations that serve alcohol. for about $8, a customer in south beach can pair a beer with a burger.
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the chain is looking to reinvent itself as a fast-food restaurant with a sit-down feel. we'll see if that works. the first live tweak from space as astronauts from international space station finally gain international access. i'm surprised it took this long. before tweet had to be relayed through mission control, but now they can tweet and surf the web using a system that uses a laptop to control a desktop computer on earth. so i think that's pretty cool, don't you, wolf? >> very cool. that's a lot cooler than what i just tweeted, but still very, very cool. >> you're very popular on twitter? half a million followers? >> i have a lot, but i just told viewers to be sure to watch hope for haiti, this global telethon coming up. i hope they not only watch, they make a phone call, give a little money and get some hope going because this is very important stuff. thank you, lisa sylvester, a
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very important member of our cnn situation team. when we come back, we have the back story of a rescue of a woman in port-au-prince. you're going to want to see this.
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we've seen some amazing rescues in haiti over the last ten days, and bringing them to you is a team effort. take a look at what went on behind the scenes as our senior executive producer alec moran was called into action. our thanks to this back story gripping video. take a look. >> we we >> reporter: we were out here yesterday. it looks like they're approaching. being diverted by a u.n.
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gentleman with some heavy equipment there. we have to do what he says. now we're taking an alternate route to try to get to the cathedr cathedral. it's only a couple blocks away but it feels like it takes forever to get there when you're rushing a cover story, i guess. the driver put on his mask. we're going to see some bodies. they tell so now we're looking for dave russ, the guy i've worked with for more than 25 years at cnn. stay here. stay here for a second. i go look. stay here. we haven't found him yet. i'm thinking maybe he's on the other side of the church. we don't have very good communications out here, radio
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signals limited and cell phone just hasn't been available at all. so the best thing you can do in these situations, you just sort of walk around and let your instincts carry you and wait until you can find them. >> we're going to go live on tv at the rescue efforts. what do you need here? >> reporter: so the head of the search team has given us permission to come in. i just have to grab the computer. you stay here, yeah? five minutes, i hope, but stay. neal. where is charlie? >> back around there, i think. >> how do i get there? >> i'd drive around. >> what street are they on? >> i don't know. >> there is a rescue, obviously,
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up there. plus i heard indications there are people alive. where is my cameraman? dave, here's your computer. let me ask him what he wants to do. the rescuers have asked everybody to be very quiet. this gentleman, who is a mexican rescue worker, say they sent rescue dogs who got a hit and now they're trying to get the person out. as you can see, around sop cooper is reporting live via the phone. >> how long do you think we'll be up and running. >> we're trying to get it so that anderson can hear wolf blitzer or whoever is on there.
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>> check his iup now, please. we're on channel 3. >> you got it? >> look for the name on the red cross list. >> we measure out there, we have to change it back. >> we have to change batteries. you're going to lose the signal for 20 seconds. >> then we lose it. >> now you should see it again. he's back. >> now you should see it. you should see it. >> so charlie is coordinating this with the control room in atlanta. >> do you have the picture?
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>> no, no, no. do you have the picture of anderson? is the shot up? yes, good. good. let's go. >> it's unbelievable, but what's even more incredible, there are two more people under the rubble. i know you're having -- >> what is going on here? >> we now know, by the way, that the woman who was the object of that massive effort was 70-year-old ena zizi. she was trapped under the rubble for a full week. she was airlifted with a dislocated hip and a broken leg. they are working right now to try to bring her to florida for further treatment. she is a tough woman and her faith is the reason she survived. by the way, the man you saw in that back story, he's working
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behind the scenes right now. there he is, that's what he looks like. he's one of our veteran produce best in the business, getting ready for the global telethon coming up here on cnn. george clooney, wyclef jean, anderson cooper, sanjay gupta and many, many more celebrities, getting ready to raise money for the people of haiti, you will want to see this, "hope for haiti now" coming up on cnn. when we come back, jack cafferty is standing by. host: did the waltons take way too long to say goodnight? mom: g'night john boy. g'night mary ellen. mary ellen: g'night mama. g'night erin. elizabeth: g'night john boy. jim bob: g'night grandpa. elizabeth: g'night ben. m bob:'night. elizabeth: g'night jim bob. jim bob: g'night everybody, grandpa: g'night everybody. @y jim bob: g'night daddy. vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more. right now 1.2 million people are on sprint mobile broadband.
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we are back here "the situation room." let's check in with jack for the cav fertility file. jack? >> wolf, the question this hour, should congress give up trying
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to pass health care? ben in boston writes, "congress should stop the bureaucratic bribe-ridden mess they have been considering and move to the presidential republican suggestion to divide the bill into parts that are easy to understand and then vote on each one separately, starting with with the parts that have the most support, like prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for preex-is cysting conditions." jeff writes, "let's be honest here, the health care bill was never really about health care tall. answer tempt to transfer one-sixth of our economy away from the private sector and into the hands of the federal government. they got the banks, then the auto industry and the health care industry was next on the list." pardon me. james writes, "republicans are the real life death panels. how many people will die this year because of a look of health coverage?" gary writes, "as a small business owner who sees about 8% of my profits go toward catastrophic health insurance for a handful of people, i was really hoping for some real health insurance reform. unfortunately, a lot of the members of congress rely on
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insurance industry dollars to grease their campaigns. so reform will probably never happen while these politicians bow down to the big money." linda writes, "unfortunately, the current senate bill is the only one that might get passed but since it really does nothing to control costs, i think approval may end up costing people more in the long run. team obama doesn't seem to have a good grasp on the strength of the opposition on this or any other topic. i think health care will have to wait until we get some real democratic leadership." ron in california says, "we need to pass health care for all now. strike while the iron's hot or it will be another 50 years before we get it done." and mark in oklahoma city offers this, "yes, congress has my permission to turn the lights off, go home and just leave us the hell alone." if you want to read more on the subject, you will find it at my blog at cnn.com/caffertyfile. have a good weekend, wolf. i will see you monday. >> have a wonderful, wonderful weekend, jack. see you monday here "the
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situation room," where we both belong. >> well, yes, we do. >> all right, jack caver if the city a good guy, indeed. thank you, jack. we will take a quick break. when we come back, christiane amanpour, she has a story about efforts at these makeshift camps, what's going on? she is taking us behind the scenes.
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president obama just signed into law this new opportunity for you to make a charitable contribution to help the people of haiti and get a 2009 tax deduction when you file your
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income tax this year and the coming weeks and months. they have done this before. they are doing it now to try to get you to raise some money for the people of the -- of haiti who are suffering from this earthquake. our chief international correspondent, christiane amanpour, is now in haiti. she is looking at the conditions for the thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake. >> for days now, you've been seeing these tent villages springing up in parts of port-au-prince, which really have become little areas of domestic industry. people are cooking outside, of course, people also selling, anything from charcoal to try to make a little bit of money, doing their laundry outside. selling what ever fruit they can manage to find, try to sell that and make some money to be able to buy some food and some water. now, one of the good things is that there are increasing water points cropping up. for instance, here, unicef, the
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children's fund, has brought one great big plastic bladder of water. and people lining up to get their water outside. various buildings, for instance, hotels that are still standing, some of them have opened up their water lines to the people. you know what people for want of anywhere better to go are having to wash right there stay clean and hygienic, but do it right outside on the path in full view. there's no privacy in situations like this. refugees or internally displaced people suddenly have to perform all their most intimate daily chores right out into the open because there's no chance to do anything else. they don't have a roof over their head and as we move to the presidential palace, where there are, it's estimated, thousands and thousands of people who have lost their homes, who have now gathered there in these impromptu tent cities, that's where -- that's where the government

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